Bravo wants huge birthday win

Colombo, Sri Lanka, CMC – West Indies vice captain Dwayne Bravo has hailed the contribution of the senior players in the West Indies World Twenty20 Championship success.

The experienced players in the Caribbean side have all played pivotal roles in getting the Windies to Sunday’s final against hosts Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium.

“We’re looking forward to Sunday’s game. It’s going to be one big effort again. It’s nice to see the senior players actually taking ownership and controlling this format,” Bravo said Saturday.

“We have some of the better players in the world in this format all in one team so it’s good that we’re actually coming together and doing something good for the people of the West Indies and ourselves.”

He added: “Chris Gayle has been having a fantastic tournament. He has had fantastic returns since he’s come back and I’m very happy for him. Marlon Samuels has continued his good form throughout the entire year, Kieron Pollard has been doing his part, Sunil Narine [as well], everyone has chipped in at the right time so it’s good to see.”

Friday’s semi-final against Australia provided a fine example of the worth of senior players. Gayle batted through the innings for an unbeaten 75 while Samuels, Pollard and Bravo unleashed breezy cameos to propel the Windies to 205 for four. Bravo said the final would be significant for more reasons than one. He is set to celebrate his 29th birthday and hopes it coincides with a Windies victory.

“It’s a World Cup and I’ve never won a World Cup before. Last World Cup (50 overs), I missed out after the first game with a knee injury. This World Cup I had a scare with a groin injury and not being able to bowl,” he explained.

“I thank the management staff and my teammates for giving me the support and giving me the time and self-belief that I could play through the tournament as a batter. I’m happy for that and I’m, looking forward to doing something special day tomorrow which is my birthday.”

He continued: “I can remember when I first heard the World Cup final would be playing October 7th I said that would be a nice birthday gift.

“When Chris Gayle made his speech on his birthday (September 21), I made my speech right after and I assured [everyone] that we would be in the final on my birthday and we would have a big party to celebrate it.”

Sat, 10/06/2012 - 18:31